Special Series: Jerusalem - 2007
by Diane E. Davis, Leila Farsakh and Tali Hatuka
One can hardly imagine a more contentious and delicate issue than that of the status of Jerusalem. Holy to three of the world's major religions, it inspires reverence, but also tensions and conflicts, like no other city. The Common Ground News Service (CGNews) has commissioned a series of six articles that will explore the question of Jerusalem from Israeli, Palestinian and international perspectives. In the first of the series, Diane Davis, Leila Farsakh and Tali Hatuka write about a newly launched project at MIT "to generate new ideas and discussions about Jerusalem as it might be in the future…."
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 19 April 2007) 
by Alice Shalvi
One can hardly imagine a more contentious and delicate issue than that of the status of Jerusalem. Holy to three of the world's major religions, it inspires reverence, but also tensions and conflicts, like no other city. The Common Ground News Service (CGNews) has commissioned a series of six articles that explores the question of Jerusalem from Israeli, Palestinian and international perspectives. In the second of the series, Alice Shalvi proposes a practical solution to the question of Jerusalem, using the UN proposal of 1947 and the British system of municipal government as models.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 26 April 2007) 
by Rami Nasrallah
In the third article of the CGNews series on Jerusalem, Rami Nasrallah asks: "[H]ow can we strengthen Jerusalem's role as a resource for creating agreement and mutual, non-confrontational vision? How can Jerusalem bring about prosperity and peace for Palestinian, Israeli, Arab, Muslim, Christian and Jewish worlds, instead of struggle and disagreement? …This cannot be attained unilaterally and for the interest of one side only. It also cannot be achieved unless Jerusalem is politically divided along spatial and functional lines; an open city with no boundaries or walls, no poverty or marginalization. It cannot be inhabited only by the less-fortunate and less–educated, estranged by the middle class and its elite."
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 26 April 2007) 
by Hagai Agmon-Snir
One can hardly imagine a more contentious and delicate issue than that of the status of Jerusalem. Holy to three of the world's major religions, it inspires reverence, but also tensions and conflicts, like no other city. The Common Ground News Service (CGNews) has commissioned a series of six articles that explores the question of Jerusalem from Israeli, Palestinian and international perspectives. In the fourth of the series, Hagai Agmon-Snir writes that "most of those trying to formulate scenarios for solving the conflict do not usually see Jerusalem through the eyes of its residents."
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 3 May 2007) 
by John V. Whitbeck
In the fifth article of the Common Ground News Service's series on Jerusalem, John Whitbeck writes: "If one accepts that no Israeli government could ever accept a redivision of Jerusalem, and if one accepts that no Palestinian leadership could ever accept a permanent status solution which gave the Palestinian State (and, through it, the Arab and Muslim worlds) no share of sovereignty in Jerusalem, then only one solution is conceivable -- joint sovereignty over an undivided city."
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 3 May 2007) 
by Jihad Abu Zneid
One can hardly imagine a more contentious and delicate issue than that of the status of Jerusalem. Holy to three of the world's major religions, it inspires reverence, but also tensions and conflicts, like no other city. The Common Ground News Service (CGNews) has commissioned a series of six articles that explores the question of Jerusalem from Israeli, Palestinian and international perspectives. In the final article of the series, Jihad Abu Zneid implores: "Lovers of peace, leaders of the world, you who love humanity, makers of social justice and human values: Make peace in the land of peace."
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 10 May 2007) 
 
 
 
 
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